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When the galleys for this first novel arrived at our offices, several of us volunteered to read it-all with few expectations. Little did we know that we'd signed up for one hell of a ride. Diamond Dogs is that coveted work of fiction that you can't put down from the moment you read the first page. Alan Watt has written an enthralling story surrounding a hit-and-run accident and its subsequent cover-up. But what resonates even more than the unfolding of this suspenseful tale is the relationship between a father and son, and writing that is powerfully evocative of the best of Pat Conroy and Tobias Wolff. High school senior Neil Garvin, a cocky, seemingly self-assured and much-worshipped quarterback of his high school football team, could actually be a pretty unlikable protagonist -if we weren't seeing the story through his eyes. But with a full understanding of his daily life, his family history, and his own frailty, he becomes not only real, but deeply sympathetic. When Neil arrogantly insists on getting behind the wheel one fateful night after having too much to drink, the horror that follows will change not only the course of his life, but that of his father as well. And the ripple effect of that one action will ultimately set both of them free from the bondage of their shared past.
Whether it takes you a few hours, half a day, or a couple of days to read, Diamond Dogs is a thoroughly satisfying, unpredictable, and promising page-turner from a writer to watch.